The Bookshelf

Thanks, Charlie!

Seven years ago, RTÉ’s Charlie Bird lent his support to the campaign for Marriage Equality, and helped the Yes campaign secure a decisive victory in the referendum. Last month, some members of Dublin Pride came to me for help in making a special book for this very special man as a way of saying “Thank you, Charlie!” The result is Climb Every Mountain: Charlie Bird’s Marriage Equality Journey.

a hardback book titled Climb Every Mountain

Personal tributes

Over 30 campaigners, organisers and friends sent personal tributes to be included in the book. Karl Hayden provided photographs which documented the faces and places of the campaign and showed Charlie in the midst of it all.

A photo from the book showing Charlie chairing a meeting on “I’m Voting Yes – Ask Me Why” during the referendum campaign in 2015.

For me, the most special moment of the night was when Charlie used his voice technology to give a speech and thank everyone who had made the book for him.

To order a copy of the book, click here.

If you buy the book, the authors ask politely that you consider donating at the same time to either BelongTo or to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.